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CONTRACTED

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS: 84 minutes, two audio commentaries, two featurettes, animated pitch, Najarra Townsend audition, trailer, previews

VIDEO: 2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreeen)

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: IFC Midnight/Boulderlight Pictures/ Southern Fried Films/ MPI Home Video

RELEASE DATE:  3-18-2014

After a lapse in her relationship with her girlfriend, Samantha (Najarra Townsend) is forced to move back in with her overbearing mother (Caroline Williams).   Her life gets worse when she is drugged (at a friend’s party) and she has sex with a man known as BJ.  She wakes up the next day as she soon come to realize she got a very deadly sexually transmitted disease that is transforming her as she tries to hide it from everyone around her.

 

CONTRACTED is a very raw and unnerving horror film about transformation and biological horror.   Najarra Townsend is interesting as Samantha as she makes you feel the changes she is going through and how it is effecting the character emotionally.   I don’t want to tell you what exactly the STD is turning her into because it gives up a big twist in the film.   Writer/ Director Eric England has crafted an unsettling low budget horror movie that will leave you a little haunted and unnerved after you watch it.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Two audio commentaries- one with Director Eric England, Editor Josh Either, Cinematographer Mike Testin, and Compser Kevin Riepl while the second track is with the director and the cast including Najarra Townsend

 

THE MAKING OF CONTRACTED is a great 16 minute making-of featurette with interviews and behind-the-scenes footage as the director talks about the genesis of the film, the casting, and the challenges of making the film on a low budget in 15 days in addition to interviews with cast and crew

 

The Najarra Townsend Audition shows you her first audition and her callback which shows how she really nailed the role.

Also on the disc is the animated pitch for CONTRACTED when the director thought he was going to have to crowd fund the movie, a quick 90 second behind-the-scenes promo, the theatrical trailer, and previews for other releases from IFC.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:

 

This DVD review is 5-8-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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